Workforce Training & Education

Your company is only as good as the people you employ.

Here in Chatham-Kent, you can rest assured knowing you’re employing the very best, thanks to the region’s growing population of skilled and experienced workers. From skilled labourers to highly-educated individuals, Chatham-Kent’s workforce is as diverse as the crops we grow, the products we manufacture, and the energy we produce.

1.4 Million Canadian Workers

Struggling to find a particularly unique skill set from our local pool of labourers and knowledge workers? Thanks to our strategic geographic location, your business will have unlimited access to a recruiting pool of more than one million neighbouring applicants. And don’t worry about convincing new recruits to relocate to our sunny shores. From beaches to breweries, live music to multicultural festivals, there’s no shortage of things to see and enjoy in our diverse and vibrant communities. Plus, with housing prices costing less than half of those in the surrounding major centres, Chatham-Kent provides your employees with an impressively high standard of living for a much more affordable cost.

A Diverse Workforce is Waiting

Chatham-Kent’s labour market is extremely robust and varied. At one end, businesses will find a fast-growing community of IT specialists and engineers (many of whom are taking advantage of our Leeds Certified Data Center), while on the other lies a highly skilled pool of tradesmen, labourers, and manufactures. In the middle are farmers, food processors, educators, administrators, retailers and researchers.

Dreamers, doers, and decision makers: they come for the career opportunities, but they stay for the small-town charm and community values. Book a site tour with one of our dedicated account managers today and see why so many people are embracing the Chatham-Kent way of life.

Workforce Training and Education

Take Advantage of Industry Training

Ongoing education and workforce training is a major focus in our community. Whether it’s collecting labour market research, or hosting training seminars, Chatham-Kent’s Workforce Planning Board provides the local business community with ongoing support and solutions designed to attract, train and retain workers with in-demand skills. The Planning Board works with local business and industry to identify needs and gaps in training in order to help customize future educational and training opportunities.

81% College Certified in Chatham-Kent

Unlock Advanced Education Opportunities

Post-secondary education opportunities abound in our community, thanks to the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus and the St. Clair College, Thames Campus. Both are located in Chatham-Kent and are critical to the ongoing growth and development of the local workforce.

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Home to progressive thinking and state-of-the-art training, both schools contribute to the Chatham-Kent community through projects that support our economy, enrich the surrounding region, and create sustainable environmental solutions across a variety of industry sectors.

While they share common goals, each school’s approach is unique:

  • St. Clair College, Thames Campus has invested heavily in technologically advanced facilities that provide students with cutting-edge training programs in the trades at emerging green energy career streams. Just look at the new 18,000 sq. ft. flexible Learning Trades and Technology Centre. Made possible by provincial and federal funding, this impressive facility offers students specialized training as dictated by current industry trends and advances. Additional facilities include the the St. Clair College HealthPlex, which facilitates Health Science Programming through the integration of fitness and sports with academics.
  • The University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus focuses on applied and adaptive research. Students are trained in programs that incorporate both theoretical testing and the skilled integration of new technologies, including those related to the agricultural sector and sustainable energy in the bio-economy.

Outside of these campuses, investors will find an additional three universities and three colleges in the region, each with its own unique focus. From health sciences to advanced technologies, our region offers some of the best educated and trained labourers in the province.

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